This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
Sunday kicked off with a good day for Australia, Russia and Spain. The three nations won both of their races in The Elliott 6m.
Boatshed Newport International Yacht Brokers were in attendance at the Newport RI 2012 Surf Fest at the Rough Point estate of the late tobacco heiress Doris Duke. She was an avid surfer in Hawaii where she owned another beautiful estate called Shangrila.
British Waterways Marinas Ltd, one of the largest marina operators in the country, has appointed Boatshed.com as its sole provider of brokerage at its marinas in the South and West.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a fine Westerly Konsort. The Konsort was in production from 1979 to 1992 and a total of 704 were built making it the second most successful Westerly after the Centaur. I had the pleasure of photographing this yacht on a fine sunny day and she really presented herself very well. She is sold extremely well equipped with a good inventory and above all – non sagging headlinings! Appointments to view can be arranged in advance. Please note a minimum of 3 days advance notice of viewing is required and is subject to tidal conditions. Please book directly with Paul Singer your Boatshed Dartmouth broker.
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has taken temporary ownership of the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Village in Portland. 700 athletes and 550 officials will stay at the Sailing Village, with about half that number using the accommodation during the Paralympic Games.
Now that the good weather is back it may be time to hang that sign on the shed door... “Gone Fishin”
Our boat of the moment is this Snapdragon 24. She has been very well cared for, and is in commission ready to use.
Boatshed.com International boat & yacht brokers have over 70 RIBS for sale, from 2.85 meters to 10.5 meters.
Could this be the first sunny canal festival of the year? This Saturday is the 10th Linslade Canal Festival, a free community event promoting rural arts and crafts, conservation, canal life and the heritage of the town's green spaces. It is organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council and supported by Central Bedfordshire Council and The Canal and River Trust. You will find Linslade on the Grand Union Canal, on the Bedfordshire-Buckinghamshire border.
However you say it, this is the perfect time for boat shoppers to buy! Our sellers are motivated and it shows with many recent price reductions in our inventory.
Over the years that Boatshed Grand Union has been selling boats on the inland waterways, several questions have recurred time and time again.
To celebrate London 2012 there’s a special day to get lots of British boats out on to the water.
Boatshed North Wales have some cracking bowriders for sale on brokerage, all waiting to put in a good performance for their new owners.
Ranger Tugs R-29 — a hot boat at a hot price. Recently-reduced and the best-priced, most well-equipped R-29 anywhere. Waterline Boats took this boat on trade, has it in in its inventory and needs it sold. If you’re in the market for a trailerable trawler then don’t miss this rare opportunity. Available with or without its trailer. Need it delivered to Florida or Texas or New York? Talk with us. 206 282 0110 Ranger Tugs R-29
Having fun on the water is about getting the right boat for the job – which is why so many people consider buying a RIB as a cost-effective and relatively hassle-free way to securing that big grin that just says YES!!! Easy launching and shoreline handling together with good sea-keeping ability make purchasing a RIB a popular choice.
Samantha Gauld of Boatshed Newport with an update on the Tall Ships of 2012. After some research, I have been able to identify several other ships from my photos.
The river Loire longest river in France and known as the Royal highway was once a main artery for transporting goods and people in central France. Always a difficult river with many shallows and shifting channels it gave rise to a series of very particular sailing barges or flats. There has been a huge resurgence of interest in these old sailing craft recently and many replicas built. Two such vessels have been enlisted to help promote local navigations and local wine in the Roanne region. Built on the banks of the Loire the town of Roanne gives its name to the increasingly popular wines of the district know as Côte Roannaise. The Loire itself is now only navigable by canoe for most of its length but the Roanne à Digoin canal runs along side in the Loire Valley as does the Canal Lateral à la Loire. Both these navigations offer pretty and tranquil cruising grounds with quaint villages tempting markets and fascinating architecture (Particularly well known are the Roman churches ) The Côte Roannaise wines were transported by the Loire sailing barges for centuries, with so much history and tradition in common it is natural that they should join forces to promote interest in historical navigation and these increasingly popular wines. Visiting Sailing Barge expert Stefan FRITZ was present for the occasion and was fascinated by the way Loire sailing barges had evolved in response to their particular sailing conditions. “Wonder what they’d sail like down the Thames” he mused later, with a glass of Cote Roannaise in hand.
It’s not too late to join in the summer fun! Waterline Boats / Boatshed Seattle is nearing the end of the Summer Season Auction. Bidding concludes 10:00 AM 12 July. View the catalog, read the process and start bidding! Go to BoatBid.com and look for the US$ to view our Pacific Northwest listings.
Phil and Boatshed Grand Union are long-time supporters of the National Community Boats Association which promotes community boating for young people and all kinds of disadvantaged groups. Phil is an ex-chairman of our local community boat, Dicks Folly and an ex-director of the NCBA. Boatshed Grand union sponsored the last AGM of the NCBA, which was attended by the Vice Chair of the Canal & River Trust, and the Waterways Minister.
Our boat of the moment is this immaculate Regal 1900LE with a Fastrac Hull. She is a superb bow rider with just 20 hours of use from new. The engine incidentally is the 225Hp version capable of a top speed of 55mph. When tested by boattest they found that it will plane in 3.2 seconds and reach 30mph in 6.5 seconds - not bad!